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Saunders hoping Blatche cuts down on turnovers

Bucks (31-29) at Wizards (21-37)

Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee

Bucks: Brandon Jennings, John Salmons, Carlos Delfino, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Andrew Bogut

Line: Bucks by 4

Andray Blatche has certainly improved his scoring and rebounding since the Wizards traded Antawn Jamison to Cleveland, but another number that also increased are his turnovers. With Blatche serving as the primary scoring option, teams are focusing on him more and Blatche is averaging 4.6 turnovers in his past five games.

He committed a season-high eight turnovers in a loss to New York last week. And in his last game against Milwaukee, Blatche had a team-high 18 points but he also led the team with five turnovers and said that he felt he let his teammates down with his performance. "Where he needs improvement, now people are trapping him," Saunders said. "He's got to cut down on turnovers and not always make a spectacular pass but make an easy pass.

The Bucks pressured Blatche upon the touch on Wednesday, forcing him to make a quick move or give up the ball. Blatche was called for traveling and double-dribble on two attempts to drive to the basket. "That's a show of respect when you get the point where people trap you to get the ball out of your hands, that shows you've become an effective player," Saunders said. "Now, your next maturation stage is learning how to make other players better when they do that."

Saunders said that he was pleased with JaVale McGee's performance against Bucks center Andrew Bogut on Wednesday. McGee helped hold Bogut without a rebound in the first three quarter and blocked his shot twice.

"I thought he played physical against Bogut. Bogut has been the best center in the Eastern Conference and I thought he contested a lot of shots," Saunders said of McGee. "I think he's made very good improvement the last three or four games."

Mike Harris will get his last opportunity to impress the Wizards against Milwaukee as his 10-day contract expires on Friday. Harris has only appeared in three games, and scored four points - one field goal and two free throws - in just over eight minutes. Saunders said the team hasn't made a decision about retaining him for another 10-day contract.

"We'll have to wait and see. We haven't decided what we're going to do, whether we're going to rotate guys," he said.

By Michael Lee  |  March 5, 2010; 6:57 PM ET
 
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Comments

NY's play has exasperated FLIP to aspiration.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 5, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Thus he rides the pine.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 5, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

It's obvious that Jennings doesn't respect Foye's ballhandling or his ability to beat him off the dribble. He's pressuring him like he doesn't have a care in the world.

Posted by: and_1 | March 5, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz aren't going to win many games when they finish the first half with only three (3) assists.

Posted by: and_1 | March 5, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I fear that Flip's coaching has now taken a hold on the Team.

You can say what you want about me and my crusade against bad coaching, but Flip Saunders is not the one.

I have no doubt that Ted Leonsis will see things as I do as well.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 5, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

The game isn't on out here in San Diego so I will ask how is Jennings playing?

He was the guy I wanted Ernie to draft instead of trading the pick

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 5, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Why pick on Bltache on TOs. The PGs on this team cannot handle the press, and cannot pass.

As I said, if Wizards cannot find a sloution to the Bucks' pressing defense, they for sure is going to loose.

Posted by: sagaliba | March 5, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Man, if Ross's butt is not glued to the end of the bench next season, that would team this team has not improved.

In fact, if not for his player's option, I will send him right back to D-league.

Posted by: sagaliba | March 5, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Where did their energy go the last couple outings?
They were much more enthusiastic before Flip finally got a couple of days between games to practice them. If this is the result, I wish they would never get more than one day between games for the rest of the season!

Posted by: gimmedat | March 5, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

The box score can't be correct. Two assists between PGs Foye (2) and Bonkins (0). The beatdowns will continue until morale improves!

Posted by: gimmedat | March 5, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

BF78,

Jennings and Ridnour is quarterbacking the Bucks like you would not believe. They are taking the ball up and down the court at will.

And what is really sad is that Javaris Crittenton could impact both of their games.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 5, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I guess we are not scoring 100 points regularly anymore.

I'm usually not one to be too negative about the Wizards, but this month could get real ugly. I wonder how high a lottery pick we could possibly shoot for.

Posted by: cannontl | March 5, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

The box score can't be correct. Two assists between PGs Foye (2) and Bonkins (0). The beatdowns will continue until morale improves!

Posted by: gimmedat | March 5, 2010 9:26 PM

Well, from the looks of what I saw the box score didn't miss anythang.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 5, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm usually not one to be too negative about the Wizards, but this month could get real ugly. I wonder how high a lottery pick we could possibly shoot for.

Posted by: cannontl


We should shoot for a lottery position lower than the top five. When it's higher than sixth, we blow it (Kwame Brown), draft a star and trade him (Devin Harris) or trade it for serviceable duds (Mike Miller, Randy Foye).

Posted by: gimmedat | March 5, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Larry,

The stats said Jennings had 9 assists and the Wizards team had 10?

There was no reason Ernie needed to draft a point guard last year?

Wait the only player available with the 5th pick was Rubio?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 5, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

McGEE is progressing. He put in the effort, and is doing what he can at this point to help ANDREY.

BLATCHE is drawing a crowd every offensive set, and isn't as accurate as he was in the past due to the BUCKS defense no doubt. He's fine, just needs help. They tried to limit his offensive rebounds and succeeded admirably. This was a real strength for this club against the weaker competition we faced over the past several games. Not tonight.

I didn't see much from MILLER after those first two made shots, and then two misses. He crawled right back into his shell. A few rebounds.....about it.

FOYE was beat like a rented mule.

BOYKINS dropped some j's, but we all know the limitations to his game.

And where was AL THORNTON all night?

SINGLETON set a nice pick late, and he's in there battling. Not very good, and his shooting touch has disappeared. In fact, I've noticed he tends to pass up shots ala MM, and is quite reluctant when he does shoot from the outside. But I still want him as a replacement for OBERTO for the same money.

OBERTO did a couple of nice things passing the ball. About it.

NICK YOUNG can't shoot his way off the bench. Clang, clang, clang missing open uncontested shots. He'll stay on the pine as long as SAUNDERS is coach. He hasn't done much since the DENVER game.

ROSS has no answers.

This team may yet make the lottery.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 5, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

"This team may yet make the lottery."

I certainly hope so. Few teams need more in the way of luck.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 5, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

All of you that were so happy Ernie blew up the team....how do you like it now?

This is pathetic....especially when we keep hearing how fabulous Jamison, Butler, and Haywood are on other WINNING teams.

Posted by: Lisa_R | March 5, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

And what is really sad is that Javaris Crittenton could impact both of their games.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 5, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, LARRY you tell 'um. I've been pimping out CRITTENTON since he got here. Too bad about that 10 cent head he's got on him. The kid has game. Some GM will give him another shot, but it won't be under this current ownership or GM.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 5, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if it's worth the effort grading individual players. Hard to think of anyone who had a good game. Unless he was playing for Milwaukee, that is.

This is when we see what the team is made of. Resilience and all that. The Bucks have found and exploited a major weakness. We'll see how quickly the team bounces back.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 5, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about Crittenton, but we sure could have gotten Jennings.

Posted by: sagaliba | March 5, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Lisa_R

I'm happy the team went in another direction they weren't going to win anything with BTH, Caron and AJ.

I just wish Ernie could have gotten a draft pick from Dallas?

I'm sure Mark Cuban has a phone just for Ernie's calls.

I have to admit I've been saying for a long time Ernie can't win a championship for the Wizards but he might for Dallas or the Cavs.

Ernie is a genius?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 5, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

A throwaway game, and still Mike Harris only got 4 minutes. Oh well, might as well send him away, since Flip is never going to play him. Let's bring on Dwayne Jones next.

Posted by: PostSubscriber | March 5, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Ernie isn't done yet because he needs to make sure the Wizards are under the cap next year.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | June 23, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse


June 23 2009 I was the only person who knew the Wizards were going to find a way to get under the cap!

The organization cares more about making mony then it ever did about winning a championship!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 5, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

While other who proclaim they know BB said...

"I know this is all about salary dump but for the #5 pick couldn't we at least get ONE bona-fide star? "

No, because there aren't any bona fide stars to be had in the draft at #5. Why would someone give up a star for a chance to draft someone who they think won't be one?

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 23, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Jennings will be a star in the NBA while Foye and MM will be sitting on the bench for another club?

Good call kal, as usual

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 5, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards didn't believe that any of the players available at the fifth spot would start for them next season.


Posted by: bulletsfan78 | June 23, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Gee they sure were wrong?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 5, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

"The Wizards didn't believe that any of the players available at the fifth spot would start for them next season. "

Nobody with any sense believed that.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 23, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

I may not have any sense but I bet Jennings would be starting for them instead of Foye?

Kal...wrong again

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 5, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

How can anyone expect JM to step up when he got no playing time last year? This is Ernie being reactive and not proactive. If he had the foresight he would have made ETaps play the young guys so they would be ready this year.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | June 24, 2009 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 5, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

People the 32nd pick has been given to Memphis. Why?

Posted by: hwebster1 | June 25, 2009 8:19 PM

$$$$$$$$$$$ that cheap abe doesn't want to part with

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | June 25, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 5, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Miller and Foye improves the team right away and gives the Wiz players who fill needed roles. Rubio is a development project who plays the same position as the team''s best player. Easy call.

Posted by: kalo_rama | June 25, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

they improved by 2 games so far?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 5, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

hurry up and buy your seaons tickets before they are all gone you don't want to miss this season it's going to be a great one.........25 wins!

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | June 25, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 5, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

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